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battlefield. Just as the viewer gets lost in the sounds of the battle, so are the soldiers thatare fighting in it. The use of these sounds allows viewers to better understand the trials ofwar, and realize that the visions of glory and heroism are lost beneath the earsplittingbooms and crashes of shells killing soldiers. Milestone’s use of war audio fully immersesthe viewer into the terror that was World War I. Another clear use of sound to convey the
Baker - 5film’s messages is where there was a lack of sound. For example, usually the death of amajor character such as Kemmerich or Kat is associated with music that dramatizes thesituation. Certain music can evoke certain emotions from the viewers. Milestone couldhave used these major character deaths to incorporate heroic music, but instead decides toomit music in its entirety. This was deliberately done to show how death wascommonplace in war, and that no one would truly care about the death of any individualsoldier in the big picture. This is a contrast to what is perceived, that your death wouldbring great glory to your name and everyone would view you as a hero. In reality, asoldier’s death was just a statistic. When Kat passed away, his fellow soldiers justrecorded his name and ID number, while Paul was falling into depression due to the deathof one of his best friends. Similarly, when Paul was killed at the end of the film, therewas no grand music to accompany the death of the protagonist. Instead, the film just endsin silence. The lack of music makes an even larger statement than any other type ofmusic. Lewis Milestone made it clear that war was not what it was taught to be like. Hisspecific use of contrast, sounds, and a symbol like Kemmerich’s boots portrayed that thewar was different than imagined, destructive to the soldiers, and all in all pointless. Paulcharacter exemplified the typical soldier that realized these truths, and yet he still diedknowing that he should have never enlisted. Most of the young German soldiers that arecoerced into enlisting return to broken lives, as the war becomes their whole life. They donot return to great parades or cheering or anything of the sort. Instead, they return toidleness and still thoughts about all of the pain they have suffered during their time
Baker - 6served. A young man’s dreams are not realized by enlisting in the army; they aredestroyed.

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